In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make an elephant cake, with a fondant elephant playing in a pool of water. Adorbs!
To see how to cover a cake in fondant, click here. This tutorial concentrates on the decoration part of how to make an elephant cake.
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To make the pool, I rolled out Sugarflair Duck Egg Blue fondant and cut out a circle using a large circle cutter.
I then used water to stick this to top of my cake.
To add a grass border, I rolled small cones of green and stuck them around the perimeter of my blue fondant using water.
For the grass border around the base of my cake, I rolled a strip of green fondant and cut one side straight using a large knife.
Using a cutting wheel, I then cut ‘v’ shapes into the strip to give a grass effect. I stuck my grass strips around the base of my cake using water.
In order to make my pool look like real water, I added piping jelly (or piping gel).
To make rocks, I marbled together white, brown, grey and black fondant and rolled small balls in different shapes and sizes.
I then stuck these rocks to my cake using water. I added them both individually and in clusters.
I used Squire’s Kitchen Florist Paste to model my elephant, using Trex if it started to dry out, and cornflour to prevent it from sticking.
For the body, I rolled a ball of paste and then narrowed it at one end for where the neck would be.
I then rolled two cones of paste for the front legs, I left one end wide and narrowed the other end, which was stuck to the front of the body using water.
I used the end of a tiny palette knife to indent toes.
For the back feet, I rolled two balls of paste, flattened into ovals, indented toes as above and stuck the ovals to the body, just behind the front legs.
I rolled a smaller ball of pink paste, flattened it down into a very thin oval shape and stuck this to the front of each foot.
For the head, I rolled a ball of paste, then shaped my hands into a ‘v’ shape and rolled to narrow one end of the paste.
Moving up the paste slightly, I continued to roll my hands to elongate the narrowed section, forming the trunk of the elephant.
I inserted a cocktail stick into the body of the elephant and threaded the head on top, using water to secure it to the body.
I indented a line in the end of the trunk using a small cel stick and rolled three tiny blue teardrop shapes. I stuck these into the end of the trunk using water to make it look like the elephant was playing with water.
To make the eyes, I indented two ovals shapes in the front of the head, using a ball tool. I then push in two ovals of black and added a white highlight of Sugarflair white paste colour.
The eyebrows and eyelashes were made from tiny sausages of black paste, cut to the right lengths and attached with water.
For the ears, I rolled a ball of grey paste and pinched it out into a vague heart shape. A narrow end to attach to the head, and two curves on the wider end.
I repeated this for a smaller ball of pink paste, ensuring the pink is nice and thin, and stuck this onto the grey ear.
This, of course, had to be made twice so the elephant had two ears.
I attached my ears to the back of my elephant’s head using water but you can use royal icing if you need more support.
I added dried sugar blossom flowers to the grassy areas of my cake and cut a message out using my Cake Star plunger cutters and flower paste.
I attached this to the front of my cake using water.
If you’re baking or cake decorating this week, make sure you take photos and use #yesdarling on Instagram so I can see 🙂